Lake Sequoyah, Arkansas, USA

Lake Locations:

USA - South - Arkansas - Ozarks -

Also known as:  Sequoyah Lake

Set in the foothills of the eastern Ozarks, Lake Sequoyah is one of seven private lakes set within the Arkansas community of Cherokee Village. From the shores of Lake Sequoyah you are only 140 miles from Branson, Missouri; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Memphis, Tennessee. With displays of spring wildflowers, fall color or winter’s dusting of snow, Lake Sequoyah offers the perfect rural setting for a second home, vacation getaway or lakeside retirement living.

Not to be confused with Fayetteville’s Lake Sequoyah, northern Arkansas’ Cherokee Village was America’s first planned vacation retirement community. In 1948 Cherokee Village began as a 400-acre summer home for West Memphis developer, John A. Cooper. After several years he began acquiring surrounding property and formed the Cherokee Village Development Company with plans to create a summer resort. In 1954 Cherokee Village was founded with 2,400-acres and became the state’s premier retirement community by the early 1960s. Cherokee Village continued to expand until it reached its current 13,500 acres in 1980. Located in both Fulton and Sharp Counties, Cherokee Village completed its city incorporation in 1998 and assumed the control of local fire, police and emergency services for its residents. Set within Arkansas’ Ozarks Region, the city of Cherokee Village now holds a population estimated at 4,700 residents.

Located west of the junction of South Fork and Spring Rivers, the seven community lakes are owned and operated by the Cherokee Village Suburban Improvement District (SID). All seven lakes and community facilities are available to property owners and their guests only. Covering approximately 76 acres, spring-fed Lake Sequoyah, sometimes called Sequoyah Lake, sits in the eastern half of the community. It is connected by a navigable channel to 264-acre Lake Thunderbird, Cherokee Village’s largest lake lying to the west. A dam separates Lake Sequoyah from Lake Cherokee, a peaceful 37-acre lake located immediately to the north. A no-wake lake, 34-acre Lake Navajo lies south of Lake Thunderbird, with remaining 65-acre Lake Chanute, 19-acre Lake Aztec and 139-acre Lake Omaha spreading westward.

A true lake lover’s paradise, Lake Sequoyah’s two-mile shoreline offers a delightful variety of lakeside parks. Sequoyah Park lies on a quiet cove at the southern tip of the lake. A perfect place for boat watching, Channel Park is built along the passageway connecting Lakes Sequoyah and Thunderbird. Dogwood Park rests along Dam Road separating Lake Sequoyah from its northern neighbor, Lake Cherokee. Hiawatha Park sits on the western shore directly across the lake from Gitche Gummee Park and the community’s popular swimming beach. Water-skiing on connecting Lake Thunderbird, boating and canoeing fill these neighboring lakes with activity. Permits are required to have a power boat on the lakes. Speed limits are posted, and jet powered personal watercraft are not permitted. A full-service marina on Lake Thunderbird is available to meet all your boating and fishing needs.

With seven fishing lakes and two rivers available to Lake Sequoyah residents, anglers with a fishing license have the choice of fishing large lakes, small quiet waters or scenic rivers. All lakes have been stocked with catfish, black bass, largemouth bass, and crappie. You can add walleye to the catch if you cast a line into the South Fork River winding through Cherokee Village, or Spring River flowing near the eastern city limits. Spring River’s headwater can be found about 14 miles north of Lake Sequoyah in Mammoth Spring State Park. A National Natural Landmark, the spring releases nine million gallons of water each hour, making Spring River one of the best canoeing rivers in Arkansas.

Two nature trails take Sequoyah Lake residents on scenic strolls through the surrounding rolling hills and woodlands. Hikers will often catch glimpses of wild turkey, raccoons, squirrels, rabbit and whitetail deer roaming the woods. Hunting wildlife is permitted during hunting season with appropriate license.

Owning real estate property or enjoying the wide selection of vacation rentals on Lake Sequoya comes with many advantages. In addition to lakefront or Ozark woodland views, Cherokee Village offers a private campground along the South Fork River, multiple swimming pools, a well equipped fitness center, miniature golf, two 18-hole golf courses, driving range, tennis courts and community garden. Located near or within the city residents will find community schools, medical facilities, an airport and convenient shopping at Town Center. Designed for family vacations, active retirement and all the conveniences of home, why not make Cherokee Village your home for a month or a lifetime?

Things to do at Lake Sequoyah

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Water Skiing
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Lake Sequoyah

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Walleye

Lake Sequoyah Photo Gallery

    Lake Sequoyah Statistics & Helpful Links

    divider

    Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Suburban Improvement District

    Surface Area: 76 acres

    Shoreline Length: 2 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 478 feet

    Maximum Depth: 55 feet

    Lake Area-Population: 4,700

    Spread the word! Share our Lake Sequoyah article with your fellow Lake Lubbers!

    Trophic State | LakeLubbers

    Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

    An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

    A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

    A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

    The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

    Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

    Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    Completion Year | LakeLubbers

    This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

    The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

    You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    Water Volume | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

    You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

    Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

    1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

    The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

    You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    Average Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

    Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

    Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

    At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

    Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

    When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

    You can find many of the world's highest-elevated lakes on LakeLubbers. Lakes with the lowest elevations (known by LakeLubbers) are shown on the final page of that list.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

    This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

    A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

    When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

    You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    Surface Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

    The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

    You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

    This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

    Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

    "Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    Lake Type | LakeLubbers

    There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

    - A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

    - A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

    - A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

    "Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.